Episcopal Youth Club at St. Paul’s provides youth in grades 6 through 12 with unique opportunities to get to know not only their fellow Episcopalian, but also any youth who stop by. With the EYC youth are given the many ways to be in fellowship, service, and worship with their friends!
Jr. EYC: 6th – 8th grade
Meets most Monday nights from 6pm until 8pm (includes dinner)
The Jr. EYC is for youth in grades 6 through 8 and the main focus is to get youth comfortable with not only who they are but also those around them. The Jr. EYC provides a great way for youth of any denomination to become involved with their peers in a friendly, non-hostile environment and to be part of a faith-based community. We welcome anyone and everyone!
Jr. EYC Study Breaks
Every Monday from 6pm until 8pm the Jr. EYC meets in the youth room for a delicious meal followed by games and activities that let the youth blow off all that stored up energy from being in school all day. The meal is provided by parents on a rotating basis, with a schedule planned at the beginning of each semester. The games/activities played at the study breaks all help the youth bond with each other and help form a community that they can be a part of.
Sr. EYC: Senior High youth
Meets most Wednesday nights from 7pm until 9pm
The Sr. EYC is for youth in grades 9 through 12. The main focus of the Sr. EYC is community with one another and understanding where Christ fits into our lives, in the modern society we are growing up in now. The Sr. EYC provides a wonderful way for youth of any denomination to come together in a non-hostile, friendly, and equal environment where all ideas are welcomed. Together we serve Jesus Christ in worship, fellowship, and service. Come join us on Wednesday nights for Study Break, or Sunday mornings for Youth Forum. Whatever the venue, you will be welcomed with friendly faces and smiles!
Sr. EYC Study Break
Every Wednesday from 7pm until 9pm the Sr. EYC meets in the youth room for an evening to just relax and enjoy one another’s company. After playing and hanging out, everyone comes together for some focused discussion/study on the topic for the night. Study breaks provide a great opportunity for bonding among the group via recreation, study, and thinking.
Sunday mornings, 9:30 am
This is the Sunday education for youth in grades 9 through 12. At youth forum we talk about how the Gospel relates to events going on in our lives, and how we can have modern application of Jesus’ teachings. Youth Forum takes places most Sunday mornings during the school year. It starts at 9:30am and concludes at around 10:15am. We meet in the Lounge.
The acolyte ministry at St. Paul’s is one of great importance. Any youth in grade 6 and older is able to participate in this ministry. Acolytes play vital roles during the 2 main services (8:45am and 10:30am on Sundays), which are Crucifers, Torches, Flags, and the Eucharistic Server. Each has defined roles to perform. Acolytes are organized into teams of 7-8 acolytes and a captain. The week that a team is scheduled the captain will call their team to get them organized to serve on Sunday. Teams will typically serve every 2 ½ weeks. There are 2 trainings held a year, one as the school year is beginning and another right after New Years. The ministry of acolyte is a year round ministry.
Summer Mission Trip
Every year St. Paul’s Sr. EYC goes out into the world and serves the larger community of Christ. We usually take our mission trip during the teens of June, usually around the 12th-19th. At the beginning of the school year we have meetings to figure out where we want to go, and then from there the fundraising and planning begins. In previous years we worked in McDowell County, WV and stayed at the Highland Educational Project. Other Mission Trips included traveling to Erie, PA where we were housed at Sheldon Calvary Camp in Conneaut, OH. Some of our fundraiser done in the past include a breakfast brunch, car washes, dinners with food cooked/served by the youth, and hoagie sales, but we are always open to new, creative ones! On each trip we take we try to offer a variety of work, from cleaning up depress housing to assisting/running a vacation bible school to working a soup kitchen. Regardless of the type of work, we are always full of joy and cheer to be bringing the light of Christ to others!